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Called to inspire!

I don’t know about you, but in the last month I have been feeling somewhat  overwhelmed by difficulties we are facing in the Catholic Church and the division we find ourselves faced with within our nation.  All you have to do is hear the daily news cycle and you realize that, on bot...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Is the devil laughing?

Is the devil laughing?   One evening as my husband and I left a friend’s house, he informed us that he had taken care of a problem he had earlier asked us to look into when we had time. The motion sensor light on his detached garage, which lights the way to his front porch, had not been working, making his tre...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Love never gives up

Love never gives up I recently had the opportunity to attend a Mass and reception for a couple who were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary! I found this quite remarkable and rare. God has granted them all these years together; decent health at this point in their lives; the joy of raising seven children; and n...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Weathering life's storms

As I write this article, we have just passed the anniversary of 9/11 – a painful reminder to us all that life can change in the space of a heartbeat, and that what seems steady and permanent one moment can come toppling down the next, leaving us shaken and disoriented.  It seems to be in...
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The virtue of hospitality

“If we are awake, if we are attentive, we will perceive the hunger for belonging in the other.” – Fr. Robert Morneau When I was a youngster I can remember being over the moon with excitement when my parents announced that they would be having company from out of town. I think I lo...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018

It's time to smile

It's time to smile A few months ago, anew task was added to my job that required me to leave the familiar confines of my department to go to another area of the factory to gather material. As an introvert, I am never particularly comfortable with changes that involve interaction with people with whom I am not familia...
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Asparagus with icing

Asparagus with icing We made a June trip to South Carolina to celebrate a grandson’s fifth birthday.  We love visiting there; and our grandson, Gus, is a smart, funny and entertaining little boy!  Of course, all of our grandchildren are special; but because I don’t get to see Gus as often, I reall...
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Praying with St. Teresa of Avila

Praying with St. Teresa of Avila As a lifelong artist who enters a zone of peace and silence while doing art, I love to see others enter this same peace and learn to use it in their prayer lives.  As God has become the center of my life, my heart has become less and less restless; and art has been a big contributor to the jou...
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Wheat, weeds and the harvest

On the day that I decided to sit down and write this column, the Gospel for the weekday Mass was Matthew 13:24-30. It is the story of the man who sowed good seed in a field; but as he slept, an enemy came along and sowed weeds in with the wheat.  When the man’s slaves saw that weeds were...
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Thursday, August 09, 2018

The Wild Boars

The Wild Boars Have you ever had one of these moments when you were amazed by what you were seeing?  I had this experience just recently as I looked at my phone late one night and saw 12 boys and one adult calmly seated in the depths of a cavern peering into a camera.  It was so exciting, so unexpected...
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Thursday, August 02, 2018